Ministers face a backlash at plans to rely on soldiers to sacrifice Christmas to cover for striking public sector workers. Also today, Harry and Meghan’s Netflix show is being released.
Army fury as soldiers ordered to give up Christmas
This month’s strikes will undoubtedly impact the public, but the walkouts are also set to have a knock-on effect on Britain’s troops. Senior military figures have told ministers that soldiers should not be made to miss Christmas to cover striking NHS workers who earn more than them. The Government plans to rely on hundreds of Army personnel to stand in for Border Force officers at airports during eight days of strikes this month – and potentially to cover for ambulance drivers and firefighters, as well. But The Telegraph has been told that the military believes it is “not right” for soldiers, who are banned by law from striking, to have to replace public sector workers walking out over the festive season. Defence editor Danielle Sheridan reports that senior members of the Armed Forces are understood to have warned ministers that the plan risks weakening the military’s “operational capability”.
An Arctic blast has hit the UK, with temperatures set to plummet to as low as minus 10C overnight by the end of the week. The Met Office warned that motorists could face treacherous conditions on the roads, as it issued a number of weather warnings for snow and ice. Despite the mercury plummeting, there are still some who are holding out against turning up the thermostat to save money. Are they brave or foolish? Four heating refuseniks offer their tips for keeping warm, from wearing double dressing gowns to using pugs as furry hot water bottles.
Future of BBC | The BBC could switch off terrestrial television and radio by the end of the decade, the corporation’s director general has said. In a speech about the long-term future of the broadcaster, Tim Davie said the 100-year-old organisation needs to consider a full “switch-off” of broadcast channels to transform it into an internet-only service. Matthew Field explains what such a shift would mean for viewers.
Health | Vitamin D could reduce the risk of dementia by a third
Researchers at Tufts University in America looked at levels of vitamin D in 290 adults in the Rush Memory and Ageing Project, a long-term study of Alzheimer’s that began in 1997.The team looked at vitamin D levels in four regions of the brain. Two were linked to Alzheimer’s – one known to be involved in dementia, and another believed to not be linked to cognitive decline with age.
They found that vitamin D was present in all four regions and people with more of it had better cognitive function.
“Higher brain [vitamin D] concentrations were associated with a 25 per cent to 33 per cent lower odds of dementia or mild cognitive impairment at the last visit before death,” wrote the scientists in their paper.
Business briefing: First deep coal mine for 30 years
Michael Gove has approved the UK’s first deep coal mine in more than 30 years after conceding that new green technologies are unlikely to replace the fossil fuel’s role in steelmaking for many years. The Levelling Up Secretary backed plans for a £165m coal mine in Cumbria in a decision that is expected to spark an immediate legal challenge from climate activists. Meanwhile, the freight industry has warned that Britain faces a squeeze on energy supplies next week as strikes disrupt shipments to power stations ahead of a looming cold snap.
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